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What do humans and plants have in common? At first glance we are very different, but if we look more closely, we have a lot in common: we grow, need the sun and are thirsty. Plants and humans both need to breathe. What does the breath of a plant feel and sound like? What is the rhythm of their movements? What does it sound like when plants touch each other? Do they talk to each other? The performers immerse themselves in the cosmos of plants and explore the way they move and unfold as they grow. Composer Jörg Ritzenhoff takes us into the sound world of plants and makes us experience the sounds of their growth.

“GREEN” is the first part of the series SPIELRÄUME, which deals with the interweavings of HUMAN-NATURE-ANIMAL-CITY-RURAL AREAS. The focus is on flora and its interrelations with humans. How do we perceive the green world of plants? Where else is “green” to be found? And how intertwined are we in this green world? All these questions resonate when the three performers explore the plant world before the eyes of the audience. Finally, “GREEN” will also be produced green and is dedicated to the topic of sustainability in the work process.



Adults 10 € | Kids 6 € 

Requests for day-care groups:


By and with Arthur Schopa, Miriam Meissner, Odile Foehl // Idea and direction Barbara Fuchs // Music Jörg Ritzenhoff // Lighting Wolfgang Pütz // Stage Inga Sondermann // Costume Stefanie Bold // Dramaturgy Vivica Bocks // Choreography assistance Maria Plener // Production management Anna Boldt // Administration Carina Graf, Selina Ehlen // Press work Kerstin Rosemann // Graphics Beate Freudig // Photo documentation Stefan Rogge // Video documentation Barbara Schröer


tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf & consol theatre Gelsenkirchen





Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


QUERFELDEIN FamilyFestival

QUERFELDEIN FamilyFestival


We cordially invite you to celebrate the first edition of the FamilyFestival at ehrenfeldstudios with us! Together with you – from big to small and young to old – we would like to experience a whole weekend of dance: With performances of the tanzfuchs production MUNCH! and a guest performance from Sweden by Eliisa Erävalo I am a tree, with our GrowthLab, punch and waffles. We will also present our new TANZ@HOME videos. 

On December 10 and 11, the FamilyFest will take place as part of our QUERFELDEIN series, with which tanzfuchs PRODUKTION regularly presents performances for children and young people in the ehrenfeldstudios. tanzfuchs PRODUKTION creates performances for young audiences in Cologne and can also be seen in other cities in NRW and throughout Germany.  



Saturday 10.12.2022


13.00-17.00 h: GrowthLab

14.00 h: I am a tree  | A choreographic performance for the whole family for everyone from the age of three  

15.00 h: TANZ@HOME| Dance and movement to join in for the whole family with Ronja Nadler   

16.30 h: MUNCH!  | A dance and sound performance for all ages


Sunday 11.12.2022 


11.00 h: I am a tree | A choreographic performance for the whole family for everyone from the age of three  

12.00 h: TANZ@HOME | Dance and movement to join in for the whole family with Ronja Nadler  

13.00-17.00 h: GrowthLab

15.00 h: MUNCH!  | A dance and sound performance for all ages 

16.00 h:  I am a tree | A choreographic performance for the whole family for everyone from the age of three

tanzfuchs PRODUKTION


A dance and sound performance for all ages  

10 December 2022 I 16.30 h
11 December 2022 I 14 h

Dancing plates, a hiccup that moves to the foot, chatty dishes, a delicate egg dance. In the “eating concert” MUNCH!, together with the audience, we swallow, smell, enjoy, consume, nibble, listen and digest. An experimental and respectful approach to food and drink becomes a sensory experience of a special kind.  

Artistic direction, Choreography + Concept Barbara Fuchs Dance, Choreography Emily Welther & Odile Foehl Sound + Music Jörg Ritzenhoff Costumes Sabine Kreiter


Eliisa Erävalo (Schweden/Finnland)

I am a tree

A choreographic performance for the whole family for everyone from the age of three

10 December 2022 I 14 h
11 December 2022 I 11 h+ 16 h

What makes us humans different from the trees in a forest? Can trees hear us? Do trees have feelings? “I am a tree” is an artificial experience of nature in which children become co-creators. The performance invites them to think together about nature and its functions. How do we live in nature, how do we imitate processes from nature? What would it be like to be a tree, an ocean or an insect? And what is it actually like to be a plastic flower?

Concept, Direction + Choreography Tatu Hämäläinen & Eliisa Erävalo Performance Eliisa Erävalo Visual design Chrisander Brun Music + Sound Pekka Tuppurainen  Dramaturgy Tora von Platen Production Kaveri Collective Original production Uusi Teatteri Producer Minttu Jäävuori


Even more to discover:  

In our GrowthLab you can make your own plants grow and create SeedBalls for the coming spring.

With our moderated TANZ@HOME tutorials, we want to dance with you and introduce you to our latest videos to get active yourself. You can also find them on our website and dance at home.

For your physical well-being we will provide punch and waffles.



Single: 8 € / Performance 

Small family 3 Persons: 22 €

Large family 5 Persons: 36 € 




ehrenfeldstudios e.V.
Wissmannstraße 38
50823 Cologne
Tel: 0221 – 44907514





Supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. 
TANZ@HOME is supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR. Aid Program Dance. 


Pffhhh… – A rubber dance play

Pffhhh… – A rubber dance play

Bicycle tube snails, tyre-furniture, air pump-kisses and in the midst of all is a dancer who moves as if made of rubber. Seemingly boneless and rather flexible the rubber girl moves through her own world. Here everything can be twisted, squashed, blown up and formed. Everything squeals, gnarls and pipes. Pffhhh… The choreographer and dancer Barbara Fuchs likes to twist the common view on objects and their material qualities. Leaning on anarchy, with affection for the absurd and for humour she engages in her artistic composition. Together with composer Jörg Ritzenhoff she developed Pffhhh…, a solo where not only rubber in various manifestations but also dancer Odile Foehl are tested for their elastic potential. The tanzfuchs team breathes a new life to bicycle tubes and rubber tyres, creates new spaces for experience beyond the known and changes things to companions of the dancer. Everything is object to change, yet never for long.

Pffhhh… is part of the performance project RESPACE on the relations between space, memory, sound and performance by the label tanzfuchs PRODUKTION, headed by Barbara Fuchs.

The premiere of Pfffhh… took place on 30 June 2016 at tanzhaus nrw in Dusseldorf.




24 & 25 November 2022  | 10 am
26 & 27 November 2022 | 4 pm


Artistic direction: Barbara Fuchs
Dance: Odile Foehl
Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Choreographic assistence: Emily Welther
Stage: Barbara Fuchs
PR: Kerstin Rosemann


A tanzfuchs PRODUKTION, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw as part of Take-off: Junger Tanz, supported by Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW. Also co-produced by BARNES CROSSING Freiraum für TanzPerformanceKunst. The production is further supported by Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW and NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste. Supported also by the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. tanzfuchs PRODUKTION is endorsed by RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur.

Press quotes

Neue Westfälische, Paderborn 23.11.2017

Queen of the rubber world

“She wakes up in a bed of rubber, starts a poetic performance with rubber tires and bicycle tubes and becomes, among other things, the queen of this freely designable space. In the studio of the theatre it squeaks and whistles, and by means of a loop machine the rubber girl creates the appropriate sound cosmos, which gets along without words.

Westdeutsche Zeitung, Krefeld 21.11.2016

Rubber woman inspires the spectators in the Heeder

[…] The wirily flexible dancer Odile Foehl stretches and stretches, bounces on the floor like a rubber ball and in the next position bends her limbs as if they were also made of rubber. At first, the kids on the benches are breathless excitement, incredulous amazement and then loud laughter.



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It crackles and rustles, folds, crumples and tears, it is flexible, malleable and can also cut. There are many colours, sizes and thicknesses. Usually they write and print on it, and they also like to paint or do handicrafts: Paper. Cologne based choreographer Barbara Fuchs ventures into the paper jungle with dancer Sonia Mota and composer Jörg Ritzenhoff. With the help of paper, they make changes, external influences and temporal processes visible: paper “remembers” every wrinkle, every tear and every cut. And just as traces and external influences inscribe themselves in paper, experiences and impressions are inscribed in our bodies – through scars, quirks, wrinkles. Hardly anyone can embody this reminiscent body better than Sonia Mota, who turns 70 this year; she is an “archivist” of movements and dance. Together with the musician Jörg Ritzenhoff they roam the paper jungle and tell their experiences and stories with live sound and movements.

The premiere of PIECE OF PAPER took place on 27 September 2018 at tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf.




Artistic director: Barbara Fuchs
Dance: Sonia Mota
Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Stage: Odile Foehl
Light: Wolfgang Pütz
Dramaturgy: Henrike Kollmar
Assistance: Emily Welther
PR: Kerstin Rosemann


PIECE OF PAPER is co-produced by tanzhaus nrw as part of Take-off, the Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, the NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste, the Fonds Darstellende Künste, the Kunststiftung NRW and the Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur des Landes NRW. tanzfuchs PRODUKTION is supported by the RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur.

Press quotes

O-Ton | Kulturmagazin mit Charakter

by Michael S. Zerban 

The deeper meaning of the paper

[…] And the fact that you can create interesting music with paper and cardboard also causes a lot of amazement. On the other hand, the Magic Flute for children is really old hat. […] An all-round beautiful afternoon for the children comes to an end – and one wishes that many more children would enjoy such an imaginative, varied and original performance. […]

Tanzende Säcke ( / Laudatio for the Cologne Children’s and Youth Theatre Prize

by Thomas Linden

[…] In hardly any other production this year was there so much laughter as in the wordless “PIECE OF PAPER”. The poetry of the material lies in its analogy to skin, which also casts wrinkles and on which time and memory also inscribe themselves. […]


by Melanie Suchy

New in the theater – PIECE OF PAPER

[…] The paper is paired with music, all the rustling, tearing, crackling, splashing becomes rhythm. A great game! […]

Laudation of the WESTWIND jury

[…] Barbara Fuchs has choreographed a scenic concert with the “PIECE OF PAPER” and the performance has an unbelievably affectionate atmosphere, turned towards the audience. It works for the youngest and for any other age as well. Here the pure play, shimmering creativity, cheerfulness, nonsense, freedom reigns. Highest art! […]




They shine, rattle, are cold, they don’t even move – and yet these things exude a great fascination. Everyday kitchen helpers are often just as exciting for children to discover as their colourful toys. What could it look like if this world of things came to life, danced and sounded? In „DOOHICKEY („DINGSBUMS“)“, tanzfuchs PRODUKTION turns its attention to the metal everyday helpers in the kitchen and transforms them into a clattering orchestra: it rattles and sounds, clatters and jumps, gyrates and dances. Familiar objects suddenly develop a life of their own, become fellow dancers, mirror images. The three performers explore, feel and experience this world of things – and connect with them: they become extensions of their bodies, disappear under their clothes. Things, people and movements magically merge with each other, giving rise to entirely new hybrid beings.




PREMIERE: 29 April 2022 | 6 pm

Further dates:

30 April & 1 May 2022 | 4 pm
at the ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne | Tickets:

7 May 8 May 2022 | 3 pm
10 May | 10 am
at tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf


Idea, artistic direction Barbara Fuchs // Music Jörg Ritzenhoff // Performance Minju Kim, Arthur Schopa, Michael Zier // Stage Design Odile Foehl // Costume Stefanie Bold // Lighting Wolfgang Pütz // Maschine construction Marc Brodeur // NRW scholarship children & youth theater Isabel Bernhard // Dramaturgy Vivica Bocks // Production Carina Graf // Production assistance Paula Cuellar // Press Kerstin Rosemann // Photo Anna Rehkämper Photography // Graphics: Caroline Simon

Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne and the RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur.

Co-produced by tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf




Street cradle cat’s eye, run sneak loop: Here everything runs on a string, a dancer and a dancer, up and down, criss-cross. They stretch strings, wind and tangle themselves and others, spin patterns and paths and lead the spectators through ever-changing landscapes.

The thread games known in many cultures are the basis of inspiration for this mobile dance piece. From the hands they are transferred to other parts of the body and the audience is also included to play the whole space.  Patterns are given and received, something falls, something works, everything transforms and everyone is connected to everyone else.

It is a fun, collaborative piece that encourages complex movement and collective thinking.





21.5.22 I 4 pm
23. & 24.5.22 I 10 am
at the ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne




Dancers: Minju Kim and Moonjoo Kim

Regie / Choreographie: Barbara Fuchs

Music / Composition: Jörg Ritzenhoff

Singing: Antonia Ritzenhoff

Equipment: Barbara Fuchs

Dramaturgy: Andrea Kramer

A production of Consol Theatre Gelsenkirchen

Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia